Malin Akerman and Kate Mara play two important women in the life of Josh Radnor’s character, Sam, in the upcoming HappyThankYouMorePlease. We talked to the actresses at their recent LA press day for the film, and both admitted that it took some convincing before Josh would cast them in his directorial debut. Their persistence paid off, though — not only was the movie one of our favorites at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, but it gave both stars the chance to stretch their boundaries. Malin sports a bald cap to portray a woman with alopecia and Kate debuts a lovely singing voice in the movie, which is in limited release this week. Check out our interview with the leading ladies and find out what Josh had to say about his costars.